curse word


: a profane or obscene oath or word : curse, swear word
Eisenhower could swear as eloquently as most sergeants, but he went easy on the curse words in mixed company.Stephen E. Ambrose

Examples of curse word in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Following the Pelicans’ shootaround Monday morning, hours before their game against the Celtics at TD Garden, there was Hawkins getting up a few dozen more 3-point shots, maybe letting out a quick curse word after a miss, as in once or twice in about 10 minutes. Dom Amore, Hartford Courant, 29 Jan. 2024 Also: Which Swift song will Romo make reference to first, will Swift be seen mouthing a curse word and will Swift be shown live after the Chiefs’ first touchdown (duh)? Bill Goodykoontz, The Arizona Republic, 5 Feb. 2024 Asked about his leadership approach and communications, Eisen said the board had previously asked him not to swear on social media after a joke about worms, which included a curse word, spiraled out of control. Evan Bush, NBC News, 26 Oct. 2023 Photo-Illustration: Cameron Getty; Getty Images Most of us who went to school in the United States have been threatened with detention for minor infractions like uttering a curse word or showing up to class five minutes late. Lauren Goode, WIRED, 24 Aug. 2023 See all Example Sentences for curse word 

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Word History

First Known Use

1870, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of curse word was in 1870

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“Curse word.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jul. 2024.

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